The Crows managed just three wins in Matthew Nicks’ first season as coach, failing to win a game for the first 13 rounds of the season before a competitive final month.
After their 2017 Grand Final loss to Richmond, the overhaul of the Crows’ list and departures of players such as Charlie Cameron and Hugh Greenwood have left the club with the youngest list in the league.
Speaking on SEN Breakfast, Tim Watson voiced his concern on the club.
“They’ve got a lot of work to do,” Watson said.
“There aren’t too many parts of their game that they would be happy with, but I think there’s a couple of defenders that can come into their team that can stiffen them up a bit.”
Despite defeating the Crows in a convincing 61-point win last year, Watson has North falling below Adelaide on the 2021 ladder.
“I’ve got North Melbourne as my wooden spoon.”
The Kangaroos finished the 2020 season on just three wins, avoiding 18th spot on percentage.
North’s first competitive hit out under new coach David Noble in the AAMI Community Series ended in a 39-point loss to Hawthorn. The Crows convincingly fell to cross-town rivals Port Adelaide by 71 points.